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Victorian London: new resource

This site is a fabulous resource for mapping London. With hours of fun you can superimpose a couple of dozen different maps ranging from the late 1700’s to the early 1900’s over a modern map of London. I’d have loved to have this when I was writing The Singing Fire. Interestingly, they don’t have the maps produced by Charles Booth and his team, which I used for my research. Booth’s team mapped the streets of London, colour coding them by wealth: dark blue for the starving poor, light blue for the poor who had enough to eat but barely, pink for the lower middle class (who could afford a servant) and so on. At the time I used the maps in the university library, but they’re now available online along with Life and Labour in London and a comprehensive archive of material.

Whitechapel High Street 1905


Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

3 thoughts on “Victorian London: new resource

  1. My son just left for London last night and one of his classmates is taking a course called Slumming London — all about those areas of London made famous by crimes and darkness.

    To be young again. And to have these resources!

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